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‘Battlestar Galactica:’ Yeah, It Ended Too

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After four seasons, “Battlestar Galactica” launched its final episode on March 20.  With Battlestar no longer constantly drawing on politics, religion and psychological drama, the audience is only left with ‘what does it all mean?’
Battlestar Galactica started in 2003 as a miniseries on the Sci-fi channel as a reimagining of the original 1978 series.  The show started with clear lines: Cylons are the bad guys and humans are on the run searching for a habitable planet.  The first season fully captured the chaos that began to ensue on the Battlestar as the last remaining humans began to collect themselves and recreate their society.
Several members of the cast are left on the homeworld of Caprica in hopes of finding a way to the Battlestar.  The end of the season began to blur the black and white into shades of gray.
Season Two is rife with politics and the survivors’ struggle with daily life.  Much of the politics of the second season follow with the split between being behind a military leader or having a proper government and how to set up such a government.
Prophecies and visions begin to permeate the series to introduce “Battlestar Galactica’s” strong relationship with religion.  The season ends with a strong tie between the two options: to side with a republic with strong religious ties or side with a self-serving scientist looking for the easy solution to all the problems of the fleet.
The third season broadened the relationships between Cylons and humans as well as continued the search for Earth.  While Baltar led the humans into a strained occupied peace with the Cylons before the third season began, tensions mounted quickly.
This lead to the humans escaping and continuing their search for Earth with the visions from their president.
Through finding various ruins on various planets, it is revealed there are five hidden Cylons amongst the humans, who don’t even know their Cylon past.  The season ends with four of the five hidden Cylons coming to the revelation of who they really are.
The final season tied the entire series together and revealed answers to questions that plagued viewers.
This season showed the various bonds that developed with Cylons and blurred the distinctions of good and bad amongst the two.
The series draws to an epic conclusion with a two-hour finale, which was bound to please most fans.
Even though the series may have ended, there still is one more movie to be aired in November and the spin off series, Caprica to attempt to please fans.  The movie, “The Plan,” shows the Cylon’s plan from the very beginning of the series. This may very well bring about new revelations about “Battlestar Galactica.” Caprica is set 50 years before the first Cylon war and tell of the creation of the Cylons.
“Battlestar Galactica” brought several things to the table that the Sci-Fi geek has longed for in a television show for many years.
“Battlestar Galactica” brought a new word into our vocabulary, the pseudo-profanity ‘frak,’ and has made us question just who is human or a machine.  “Battlestar Galactica” will always live in our hearts, “So say we all.”